Portrait of a noble duke

“A head of Wellington in profile to the left, composed of military emblems. The hair is made of laurel leaves; covering the forehead is a flag with a lion rampant and the words ‘Vittoria | Salamanca | Waterloo’. The eye is the muzzle of a cannon, with bayonets (for eyebrow), and sabre. The nose is a part of a tent, a fold forming a nostril. Below this is a tiny sentry-box and sentry, resting on a projecting lip, which, with the chin, cheek, and jaw is formed of masonry, from which, at the mouth, two small guns project. The side of the face is partly covered by a Union flag, with spears and a drum for ear, a sabre for the contour of the jaw. Over the Duke’s military uniform is draped the gold-embroidered gown of the Chancellor of the Exchequer”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • TitlePortrait of a noble duke [graphic].
  • Published[London] : Published by Thos. McLean, 26, Haymarket, 1829.

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Acquired June 2017

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